Midday West Michigan


Tuesday, July 18th @ 10PM, WGVU Public Television is airing the PBS FRONTLINE film Life on Parole. FRONTLINE explains, "The documentary is set in Connecticut, a state that's rethinking its parole system in an effort to reduce its prison population - but the questions it raises about the cycle of recidivism are relevant nationwide."

WGVU talks with Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director, Matt O'Neill.

War For The Planet Of The Apes Breaks Out

Jul 14, 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes is opening in theaters to rave reviews.  The Big Sick is a romantic comedy that's based on a true story and is also getting a positive response.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema about those movies plus the horror thriller Wish Upon, but first the preview for The Big Sick.

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Local businesses continue efforts mitigating cyber threats. We also update the U of M and Metro Health partnership six months into the affiliation and how creatives are navigating real estate supply and demand pressures.  

Movie Talk on Mid Day slings Spiderman: Homecoming

Jul 7, 2017

Spiderman: Homecoming is the high profile opening in movie theaters.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper about that movie, plus a new slate of indie films for July.

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A look at a Michigan health & Hospital Association report on how Medicaid expansion has helped reduce bad debt.  

Transformers: The Last Knight opens in west Michigan

Jun 23, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight is the summer blockbuster release this week, along with more modest movies Beatriz At Dinner, a social comedy and the thriller Book Of Henry.  WGVU sits down with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema for movie talk on Mid Day.

Bird's Up keeps the hard bop modern jazz tradition hot

Jun 16, 2017

Miami based saxophonist Carlos Vega has a new recording out with a group of seasoned Chicago musicians on the album "Bird's Up".  They mine the modern jazz tradition of Art Blakey and Horace Silver with contemporary trappings.

WGVU has this preview.

Cars 3 and Rough Night lead the weekend movie releases

Jun 16, 2017

The summer movie season continues with four new movies opening in west Michigan, including the bawdy comedy Rough Night starring Scarlett Johansson, the shark thriller 47 Meters Down, starring Mandy Moore, All Eyez On Me, a bio flick on Tupac Shakur and the Pixar animated kids film Cars 3.  WGVU talks with Jenny Garone from Celebration Cinema.

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We talk about a manufacturing slowdown and forecast the West Michigan economy for the remainder of 2017. Also, an analysis of drug costs and GVSU's new Design Thinking Academy.

Another successful year in Grand Valley State University Athletics has the Lakers poised to win their fourth straight All-Sports Director's Cup. Earlier in the week D.J. Foster interviewed first year Athletic Director Keri Becker on the tremendous 2016-17 campaign.